Coroner rules Cilla Black died of a traumatic head injury sustained during a fall

The hearing was held today at Liverpool Coroner's Court

A coroner has ruled that Cilla Black died of a traumatic head injury sustained during a fall at her Spanish home.

The ruling was made at Liverpool Coroner’s Court today (August 14) by Andre Rebello. He recorded a verdict of accidental death.

BBC News reports that Rebello addressed Black’s three sons, Ben, Robert and Jack, during the 15-minute hearing.

“She was a daughter of Liverpool and was celebrated and loved by all in Liverpool,” he told the three men. “She was your mum and her death is a private personal matter and we have all got one mum. It is right that you grieve and remember her.”

Black’s funeral will be held on August 20 at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool and will be officiated by the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and former parish priest of St Anthony’s, Scotland Road.

After the funeral, Black’s body will be buried at a private ceremony in Allerton Cemetery. Black’s parents are also buried in the cemetery. Her late husband, Bobby Willis, was cremated in 1999.

A representative for Black asked for privacy and confirmed that further details would be released “once all the preparations have been finalised”.


Black died of a stroke after falling in her Spanish home last month. The singer and TV presenter was sunbathing on the balcony at her villa in Estepona, Spain when she fell and hit her head. She was knocked unconscious by the fall and subsequently died of a stroke.

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Prior to hosting hit TV dating show Blind Date, Liverpool-born Black made her name as a singer in the 1960s after being championed by The Beatles. She went on to achieve 11 Top 10 hits.

Black released ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ in 1964, where it spent three weeks at Number One and went on to become the biggest-selling single by a female of the 1960s.